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Title: I am sure but I hedge: Fear expression k?ngp? as an interactive rhetorical strategy in Mandarin broadcast talk
Authors: Yang, Y
Yap, FH 
Keywords: Fear
Mandarin conversation
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: North-Holland
Source: Journal of pragmatics, 2015, v. 83, p. 41-56 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of pragmatics 
Abstract: Drawing upon an 80-h Mandarin broadcast talk database, this study investigates how the fear expression k?ngp? is used from a discourse pragmatic perspective, in particular framed within the theory of hedging. We specifically analyze the use of k?ngp? in a broader context beyond the sentence level, and examine its discourse pragmatic functions in terms of interpersonal relations. Findings from this study further demonstrate that some apparently neutral or even positive propositions following k?ngp? can still have negative interactional effect, either for the speaker or the hearer. Contextual analysis reveals that this negative nuance, which does not lie in the propositional content of the utterance itself, emerges from the illocutionary act of the utterance in a larger context.
ISSN: 0378-2166
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2015.04.013
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